Foreign Identity

Foreign Identity

by Becca J. Campbell

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BN ID: 2940154986493
Publisher: Surreal Media Studios
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.

Becca’s journey into writing began as many of her other creative endeavors do – by daring herself to try something new. The question “what if I wrote a novel?” and some hastily scribbled notes on a church handout were the inspirations that jump-started her first book. Since then, she has written half a dozen additional novels and several shorter works.

As the wife of a musician and mother of three young boys, Becca’s life is never dull. Whether it is writing, painting or knitting, she enjoys making stuff that wasn’t there before.

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Foreign Identity 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
AE_Howard More than 1 year ago
So much more than science fiction! I was lucky enough to read this as an advance reader, and I couldn't put it down! It was a great page turner. While fitting in the Science Fiction genre, this book exceeds the genre in my opinion in several ways. The characters are ultimately on a journey of discovery about themselves and each other, a journey forced on them by very extenuating circumstances, but it's the journey and the discovery that takes center stage, while keeping the reader waiting with bated breath to see what happens next. This book is a fantastic blend of heart, action, and suspense.
AllanDouglas More than 1 year ago
Foreign Identity, by Becca J. Campbell is quite probably the strangest alien abduction story I have read: “strangest” as in unique and imaginative. It is also a genre-melding story that brings together elements of romance, fantasy, mystery and Sci-Fi. A note on the romance angle: I tend to avoid modern romance novels because so many of them are a cape of pornography hung on a wireframe of plot. The primary thrust of the story (pun intended) is graphically described sex. Foreign Identity is not one of those. The story begins with a man and a woman chained to opposite ends of a strange room. They awaken to discover that they have no memory of who they are, where they are, or how they got there. The room is a puzzle, a puzzle they must work together to solve. But it is also just the first step in a long series of challenges that are before them as they get to know one another and try to discover who they are, what is happening to them and how to get back “home”. The story – which I can’t say much about without spoiling it for you – is imaginative and well written. Ms. Campbell is a good story teller. The pace steps right along and keeps you turning the pages. Even the Kindle version is formatted well: there are scene changes within each chapter where the point of view changes and is indicated by using a line of white space. In most Kindle books I’ve read this technique fails because the conversion strips out the added white space. Not this one; here it works. Kudos to Consortium Books for getting that right. Character development is slow, we don’t really get to know them until the end of the book, but that is natural when the main characters have no (or very little) background to draw upon for backstory. It is backstory that is normally used to flesh out a character by showing how that person got to be who they are through glimpses of where they came from and experiences they’ve had. Using amnesia as part of the story sets up an extra challenge to the author. The editing could be better. The first 40% is quite good. Between 40% and 60% is pretty rough and beyond that is just fair. Spelling and punctuation are good, most of the stumbling blocks are places where a passage was rewritten but not proof read afterward and fragments were left behind which break the flow of the story. Speed readers may not even see them: I savor every word and these errors are like a fingernail in the soup. My only other criticism is a minor point that will go unnoticed by many, especially romance fans but it stood up and screamed at me: nearly all of the emotional response cues were focused on their heart. This is a standard gambit in romance novels, but I should think that someone with the story telling abilities and imagination of Ms. Campbell could exchange some of the heart fluttered, heart soared, heart sank, heart pounded, heart raced with eyes widening in amazement, nostrils flaring in anger, fists pounding in frustration… so many physical cue are available to a skilled author. These issues are detractions, but not deal killers. The story is good, the pace is lively. There is no gore or porn to offend the sensitive. There are challenges to overcome for the characters, moments of joy and fear and hope and terror, but it all ends in an upbeat fashion. An enjoyable tale that is worth your time to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this, a great engaging story. I did struggle with the first two chapters as it felt a bit forced. But after that the story came to life for me, I would have finished it much sooner if life didn't get in the way. Give this a try, you won't regret it. It has great twists and turns and keeps you guessing. Push past the first bit and you will find a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun, unpredictable read! I was left guessing for the better part of this book and felt just as in the dark as the characters Jax and Kel. In a lot of ways this book brings to mind the movies Saw and Cube but it also bring a completely other element with the Sci-fi. One thing that I have minor issues with was at times it felt the characters talked to much when I wanted them to be doing something instead. Now that being said it doesn't really change my opinion of the book it is more or less just a personal gripe. Overall I can't wait to read more from this Author. While I was satisfied by the ending of Foreign Identity it definitely left me wanting more! I highly suggest picking up a copy of this book if you like Suspense with a Sci-Fi element or just a plain old mystery. I will be giving Foreign Identity by Becca J. Campbell¿¿¿¿. *I was given a copy of this book as part of the Blog Tour.All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.
Christiewriting More than 1 year ago
Foreign Identity by Becca J. Campbell ¿¿¿¿¿ When the Protagonist’s woke up locked in a dungeon, they had no memory of who they were. They had to work together to escape, which gave them the names Jax and Kel. They navigated their way through a labyrinth of different rooms until they escaped outside. With no knowledge of where they were or how to get home, they adapted to their situation and stayed together for survival. Jax scoured for a way out. With his incredible memory he was able to map the area. He wanted to find out who he and Kel were and why they were captured. The only times they figured things out about themselves was when they stumbled upon things that felt familiar, like the tug they felt towards each other. Foreign Identity was a fantastic, fast-paced novel; I was surprised when I turned the last page that I had finished the entire book so fast. I had expected it to take me longer when I saw how many pages it was, but that was not the case. I wanted to find out what would happen next, which kept me reading without putting the book down. I always love it when a book can do that. The author has a fluid writing style making it an easy, enjoyable read. She creates an intriguing story and world that you will get lost in. She creates lifelike characters that you will identify with, which I liked. I also love that she wrote the story with both Jax and Kel’s points of view. I usually enjoy being able to see what the two prominent, and, in this case, two main, characters are thinking. I feel like I get to know both of them on a more personal level this way. This book was filled with adventure, mystery, science fiction, and a little romance. It was a perfectly balanced combination. Extremely enjoyable. It was different than what I typically read, which made me even more excited that I liked it so much. I would recommend it to anyone who would like to read an interesting adventure. I received this book from the author for review.
mkdupre More than 1 year ago
Contemporary Americans live in a fascinating time. A time when audiences are notoriously hard to trick, surprise, or frighten. Authors everywhere are enduring a constant struggle to keep readers on their toes and shock them with a twist ending they never expected. This struggle is nicely battled in Becca J. Campbell’s novel, Foreign Identity, where suspense and horror are balanced with genuine human emotion and an overwhelming sense of mystery. The novel is, in short, steeped in the unexplainable, bringing to mind some of the most entertaining episodes of The X-Files and psychological suspense movies like Shutter Island. In Foreign Identity, the two heroes (a man and a woman) are thrown unceremoniously into a horrific maze of vaguely familiar circumstances, which they must work together to put in context. The characters are very real entities, with real, human problems that are eked out in front of the backdrop of an eerily perfect landscape. This setting throws the drama of human relation into stark contrast, complemented masterfully with the slow progression of the characters’ recovering memories of their past relationship. So how can this book really be classified? On the surface it might seem like a simple science-fiction adventure, but the complicated drama surrounding the romantic relationship between the heroes belies the genre. This could easily be a story taken out of its fantastic context and still found emotionally evocative. Yet the sci-fi elements are not underdone. The characters are consistently pursued by otherworldly entities made up of supernatural elements, put in strange situations of pursuit and capture, and forced to confront not only their personal struggles, but the technology (or miraculous occurrences) that lead to their capture and provide the potential for their demise. They must fight, not only for their lives, but for their essential humanity, and it is this which is most thrilling for the reader. These elements come together to provide the reader with a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience that ends in an exciting and emotionally satisfying conclusion. This book is ideal for readers teenaged and above, and the perfect suspense story for both a sunny day at the beach or a cozy night and a thunderstorm. Enjoy!
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ruanna3 More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this book. It's listed as science fiction and there are those elements, but it is so much more than that. It really transcends any one genre. I love puzzles and mysteries; Foreign Identity is constructed like a labyrinth. When you finally reach the center and discover the truth, it's a real revelation. I started to really care about the characters, which is a feat since the book begins with them not even knowing their own names. They are flawed and nuanced and their love story is believable. You really root for them. I actually read it in one sitting. Fortunately, I am a fast reader, but I stayed up late to finish. If you love the television show "Lost", if you like your books with many layers that are peeled away, you will absolutely adore Foreign Identity
dboguejmatthews More than 1 year ago
Do you like Mysteries, sci-fi, or adventure books? This one is all three. I really liked the characters discovering who they were and what was happening to them through all sorts of strange events and twists. This book grabs you and keeps you engaged through the entire thing. And get this, just when you think you have it figured out, you probably don't. There are great twists and turns that all make for a rather satisfying read. Keep Becca J. Campbell on your reading list, she is sure to have many more awesome books in store!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I enjoyed the plot twists and it kept me guessing throughout the entire book! The relationship between the characters of the book was beautiful and thought provoking. This is a must read book!
jscottsharp More than 1 year ago
A man and a woman wake-up in a concrete cell, chained to the floor. They have no idea who they are or how they got there. And so begins Foreign Identity by Becca J. Campbell. From the beginning, the minute I picked up this book, I could not put it down. It is so compulsively addictive that it is the only thing I did for three days until I finished it. This book was so mysterious and so thrilling to read, I was compelled to keep reading until the end. Ms. Campbell has a way with the characters in this book. This is her strong point. Character is a hard thing to get right. Many try and many fail. However Ms. Campbell seems to know her characters intimately. My personal belief is that books hinge on character and without good ones, books fail miserably. I will put them down in a second. Ms. Campbell has a great grip on Kel and Jax, her characters and I felt like I knew them. Another strong point is the mystery of the situation. Kel and Jax have no idea who they are. they are even guessing about the names Kel and Jax ( but I won't say why). Campbell did a great job dragging me along for the ride while she weaved a very effective mystery concerning the reason Kel and Jax are trapped in the place that they find themselves. Even the place that they are is a great mystery. In this way, as I saw mentioned in another review, it does remind me of LOST. It is the mystery of the unknown in "Foreign Identity" that kept me glued to my e-reader. If I had any complaint, it would be that I felt that some things were revealed to quickly. But, honestly, it was a minor thing and in the end it didn't effect my satisfaction for the over-all book. "Foreign Identity" is a great roller-coaster of a read and I had a lot of fun reading it. I look forward to so much more from Becca Campbell. She has herself a new fan in me
zoocole More than 1 year ago
This book had me enthralled from the beginning and kept me guessing the whole way through (not always an easy thing to accomplish!). I fell in love with the characters and really cared what happened to them. This book was very imaginative and a quick read (since I couldn't put it down!). Sequel?
cvkrieger More than 1 year ago
Foreign Identity was amazing! I fell in love with the characters right away. The plot was suspenseful and intense, but had a love story, which is perfect for a romantic like me. The mysterious and unpredictable nature reminds me of the TV show Lost and several books by Ted Dekker. I couldn't put Foreign Identity down-- it only took a couple days for me to read it, which is fast for me. I would definitely recommend it. Becca J. Campbell's writing will draw you in, and every page turn will keep you craving more. Five out of five stars and two thumbs up. Just one question: is there a chance for a sequel? (fingers crossed)
UnearthlyTales More than 1 year ago
I would classify FOREIGN IDENTITY as a sci-fi romance -- or rather a sci-fi not-quite-romance considering the odd situation between "Jax" and "Kel," the only human characters in the novel. This is a mysterious and unique story about a man and woman plucked from their lives and dumped in a strange, claustrophobic setting with what appears to be a set of clues to lead them out. But as soon as you think you have a handle on the direction of the plot, the author surprises you with one 90-degree turn after another. In the opening pages I was strongly reminded of the movie SAW in that two people wake up in a room, chained and groggy, confused about how they had got there. There are other similar "how did we get here?" movies, notably CUBE, but readers should know that the similarity to these movies ends just a few pages in. And (spoiler alert) when they finally escaped from the maze of corridors and hid out in the woods, I was happily mystified as to where this was headed next. There are hints of LOST's smoke monster, although in a different but equally sinister form. I enjoyed the smooth, solid writing, and the unusual, unpredictable plot. In the ARC edition I read, I felt that one scene toward the end could have been a little "bigger" and more dramatic, with less discussion before and after, but ultimately I was satisfied. The closing scene was exactly what I was hoping for, so that sat well with me. There's plenty to think about after the last page, but at the same time the story is nicely finished and wrapped up. It's good to leave the reader musing to some degree. A thought-provoking novel that would work well both as a stage play and a TV show or modest-sized movie.
Nikki2911 More than 1 year ago
I just have to say that Foreign Identity by Becca J. Campbell is my new favorite book right next to Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy! It has all the suspense and crazy twists and turns that Dekker weaves into his stories. One book reviewer mentioned that Foreign Identity is like the tv series LOST and I would have to agree, except the ending is way better than the ending to Lost :) I don't want to say too much to spoil the story for anyone- just know that it is an awesome read that you wont want to put down! You'll probably end up neglecting kids, house and husband until you finish it because you wont want to put it down! I know I did!! What I loved the most about the story and Campbell's writing style is that I felt like I was right there with Jax and Kel! When I wasn't reading the book I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen next! Best page turner I've read this year!